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Goal Setting

We can be what we want to be. At the first glance it seems very confusing however one may think and ask, "Does it mean that a person will acquire whatever he desires?" May it be to be a millionaire or to excel in a chosen field or to conquer great heights and things like that? But this is not the proper way to interpret the statement. It does not work automatically. Desires are endless and immeasurable. It is not always possible to achieve whatever one desires.

One can realize the importance and significance of the subject after viewing and analyzing it properly and carefully. There are two things we have to talk about the 'Result' and the 'Goal'.

We can be = Result What we want to be = Goal

It includes both the result and the Goal. But between the result and the goal there is a long path that has to be followed to accomplish the desired goal and the path has to be decided on the basis of the goal that you have set for your-self. After you have set a goal you have to start working on it. Often you would say that you have set the goal and that you are trying to achieve it but, let me tell you, there is nothing like trying let me clarify it with one example which was illustrated by one of Management Guru's in his class. He called one of the students, who had said that he would try to improve his grading, and asked him to try to pick up a book that was lying on his desk. Once he picked up the book the Guru asked him to just try to hold the book and not to actually hold it. The student was surprised and replied, "Sir how can I do it. I can either hold the book or I cannot hold it there is nothing in between." Guru smiled and said, "Son this is what I am telling you. You can either do a thing or you do not do it. There is nothing like trying." When you say, "I will try to improve my grading." You are actually saying that you are not going to do it or that you will not put your wholehearted effort in doing so and thus success is unlikely to be achieved. I hope you have got the message right. After having set a clear goal and choosing a carefully selected path you have to get on to work on it full throttle.

Aims Behind Setting The Goal: Generally a person has following four fold aims while setting the Goal: -

1. Academic excellence. 2. Financial gains. 3. Post and position. 4. Popularity in their respective fields.

This is not enough. Beside these, one should also consider following points while setting and finalizing the goals and see whether his goals satisfy following criterion: -

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About the author:
Author, Professor Anil Kumar, has 28 years of experience in the field of Teaching and Management. He is M. Tech from IIT Kanpur and has worked in different capacities including Signal corps Indian Army, Regional Manager for a Telecom Company. Currently he is Associate Professor with ITM, Gurgaon, India, that is rated as best engineering colleges of North India. His interests include overall and balanced development of the Students.


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